Creating an obstacle course for your baby can really help his movement coordination and confidence while he learns to both crawl and walk. You will need an array of objects like pillows, boxes, blocks, or chairs to create an obstacle course. This baby game can be more fun for you than your baby!
Many babies need to grasp the "navigation" concept as they often just go over or through objects in their way (which in itself is funny). Initially, you want to create a course comprised of solid objects your baby cannot carom through. Using natural barriers (walls, couches, chairs), create an obstacle course he must navigate around. Place your baby at the starting point then move to the end and call his name. He should eventually navigate through the course - praise him and pick him up with congratulations. Do not be afraid to help him out by peeking around corners!
The other type of obstacle course is one where he has to learn to climb over various items. This will also your baby develop height awareness and balance. You can create a line course by placing pillows and cushions of various heights between two solid barriers such as a couch and wall or boxes. Place him and one end and then sit at the opposite end and call him over - encourage him to climb over each soft obstacle. Alternatively, you can create a pillow or cushion barrier around him, so he has to climb up and over to get to you. Start off easy so it is not so daunting!
Once your baby starts walking, you can create similar courses that encourage him to watch where he walks without tripping. This can be done by placing medium cubes and boxes on the floor for him to walk around. Pretty soon, your baby will be zipping through your courses with ease!
Learning and Development Skills:
- Cognitive, Problem Solving and Memory
- Movement, Motor Skills and Hand Eye Coordination